My tipster writes: “After repeatedly told website hits aren’t a competition between reporters in Louisville [at the Courier-Journal], here we have one. This email was sent out to reporters Tuesday afternoon. Entry was not voluntary.”
For those who missed yesterday’s meeting, welcome to The Courier-Journal local/mobile social media bracket challenge! If you’re getting this email, you’ve been entered.
You all will be competing in a tournament for the next five weeks, starting yesterday, for a chance to win a new Apple Watch, among some other cool prizes for second, third and fourth place.
Please find the bracket attached, this also is written on the big white board in the fun room./CONTINUES Read More
The person who sent this memo writes: “Thursday, 2/26 is the day new job applications are due at the Louisville Courier-Journal, or employees can not apply and be eligible for a buyout equivalent to one week’s pay for every year worked. To ease this fear-based culture, Gannett is pouring some chocolate on it.”
From: Morgan, Veda
Sent: Monday, February 23, 2015 5:39 PM
Subject: Let’s eat chocolate
I know this is a difficult time for many of us, but I’d still like to celebrate the great work that you do each week. So please gather with me at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in the fun room/innovation area (former home of the data desk). Mary Pat was gracious enough to get us a chocolate fountain and treats for dipping. So come have some chocolate-covered goodies and let’s give away some money to one of our Good Work honorees. Thanks. I hope to see you there.
Veda W. Morgan
Update – Courier-Journal photojournalist Scott Utterback writes in comments: “This is something we do every month. It’s not always chocolate but it’s something nice. Most of us enjoy it and I can guarantee the leaker has attended and enjoyed multiple ones. Glad they didn’t provide any context.”
* Courier-Journal’s new job descriptions are heavy on “young” and “younger” (jimromenesko.com)
New: Read the many comments about this on my Facebook wall
Neil Budde, executive editor of Gannett’s Louisville Courier-Journal, tells readers this morning that his journalists have to reapply for new newsroom jobs. He writes:
Recently, we stepped back and asked ourselves, “If we were starting today, with a certain number of reporters, what subjects would we cover to meet the needs of our community? How should we approach coverage of those subjects?”
The result of that exercise was a revamped set of “beats” for news and sports. It’s actually a few more beats than we’ve had in recent years.
“You’ll see a common theme” in the new job descriptions, writes the tipster who sent me the C-J list of new beats. “Most are designed for our new target audiences: ‘young achievers, young families and food enthusiasts.'”
The word “younger” appears nine times in the job descriptions and, by my count, “young” shows up 36 times.
The job descriptions are after the jump. Read More
Gannett’s Courier-Journal in Louisville has a good police-shooting investigation on Sunday’s page one. Unfortunately, much of it is covered by a gun sale ad.
Update: The Courier-Journal’s publisher says “this positioning was unfortunate and unintended.”
This timing of the advertisement and the decision to run the story were independent actions within different departments of The Courier-Journal; however, we should have identified the inappropriate relationship and made an adjustment.
We are reviewing our internal processes and will make adjustments to ensure we prevent this problem in the future.
* Firearms ad placement unintentional, says publisher (courier-journal.com)
* “Ghoulish” ad covers police shootings story (@ispradlin) | Page one – without the ad (newseum.org)
* More people dying in Louisville police shootings (courier-journal.com)
– h/t (@geoffglaab)